PORTSMOUTH – In the spirit of its 2018 exhibition series on women artists, the Portsmouth Historical Society will present a full-day symposium on topics related to arts and the women’s movement, from the “First Wave” to the present day. “A Strong Legacy Continued” features phenomenal local women who have fought for their own rights and the rights of others. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 at Discover Portsmouth.
The event kicks off with comments from state Senator Martha Fuller Clark followed by University of New Hampshire professor of Women’s Studies Mara Witzling, who describes herself as a teacher, writer, feminist and unorthodox pilgrim.
After a break, participants will hear from Nicole Carrier and Annette Lee of Throwback Brewery on “The Culture and Inclusiveness of the Craft Beer Industry.” Esteemed former Executive Council member Dudley Dudley will focus on her career in politics, including her role in preventing Aristotle Onassis, once "the world’s richest man,” from building an oil refinery here in the 1970s.
After lunch, former Currier Museum director Susan Stricker will talk about Maud Briggs Knowlton, the late artist, educator and one of the first female museum directors in the United States.
Dr. Kabria Baumgartner of UNH will address the topic of women in the Boston artistic community, including Lois M. Jones and Gertrude Fiske. The afternoon concludes with a panel discussion on women in the arts featuring Sydney Bella Sparrow and Pamela duLong Williams, and hosted by local writer Crystal Paradis.
The idea for the symposium grew out of the hugely successful Discover Portsmouth exhibition of works by American Master Gertrude Fiske that closes Sept. 30. Lainey McCartney, who curated the Fiske retrospective, will welcome speakers and guests.
“Gertrude Fiske was a phenomenal artist who surpassed many of her better known male contemporaries in accolades, awards, and professional and popular recognition,” McCartney says, “and yet, her story and her work have been essentially forgotten by history until now." The Sept. 22 symposium, sponsored by Secure Planning Inc., is dedicated to Fiske, who was devoted to her artwork, her independence, and the rights of all women.
Tickets for “A Strong Legacy Continued”are $40 for Portsmouth Historical Society members and $50 for non-members. Coffee and refreshments are included. Tickets may be purchased online at PortsmouthHistory.org or at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (603) 436-8433.